Kendall Jenner's Oscar-Night Health Prep Landed Her in the Hospital
Some stars swear by IV vitamin drips, but the case for them is questionable.
Kendall Jenner's Oscar-night prep apparently included more than just the usual gown, hair and makeup routine -- and, alas, her effort to achieve a red-carpet-ready glow seems to have backfired.
According to The Blast, the model and reality TV star "suffered a bad reaction to a vitamin drip" and ended up in Cedars-Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills ahead of Vanity Fair's annual star-studded Oscar bash. Fortunately, the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star seems to have recovered quickly and was released in time to make it to the party, looking her usual gawk-worthy self.
Happy ending, perhaps, but Jenner's health scare has put focus on the trendy treatment that landed her in the sick bay: Vitamin IV drips. IV nutrition therapy, whereby a cocktail of vitamins and minerals is delivered along with fluids via an intravenous drip, is super-hot with the celebrity set: Rihanna, Rita Ora, Simon Cowell and Madonna are reportedly into it. It was said to be the secret behind Jenner's half-sister Kim Kardashian's "Met Gala glow." And her half-sister Khloe Kardashian swears by them, too.
"I try to get them weekly if I have time (there are people who will come to your house to do it!)," Khloe Kardashian wrote in a 2016 blog post.
Sounds great? Not so fast. Promoted by companies like VitaSquad and Hangover Club in cities beyond Hollywood as well - Las Vegas, New Orleans, Miami - IV nutrition therapy may not be the miracle cure for everything from hangovers and stress to Crohn's disease and cancer that famous folk seem to believe it is.
Despite the contentions of those who peddle IV nutrition services to the general public, "evidence of its proposed benefits … is vague and in its infancy," Food Network nutrition expert and author Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, recently noted in Today's Dietitian. What's more, she suggests, the practice may be not only pointless, but risky as well, especially when administered to someone with underlying health issues.
The cocktail of vitamins, minerals and nutrients infused into the blood intravenously "can interact with certain medications or herbal or other supplements taken regularly by the individual," Amidor tells Healthy Eats. "Also, if the person is mega-dosing on certain nutrients through supplements or other means (taking large amounts of a nutrient in a fortified food) it can lead to a toxicity of that nutrient."
Amidor stresses that, for either a sick or healthy person, intravenous nutrition of any sort must be carried out by a qualified professional and that the concoctions themselves must come from a safe, reputable manufacturer who is familiar with the medical history of the recipient.
Even so, Amidor contends that IV nutrition therapy is "a waste of money" and "dangerous." "Healthy folks should be getting their nutrition from eating a well-balanced diet," she adds.
Got that, Kendall?